West Kent College (2014)

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West Kent College (West Kent & Ashford College)
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West Kent College (2014)
Coordinates 51°11′12″N0°15′47″E / 51.186805°N 0.263076°E / 51.186805; 0.263076 Coordinates: 51°11′12″N0°15′47″E / 51.186805°N 0.263076°E / 51.186805; 0.263076
Type Further Education, Higher Education
Established1 August 2014
Local authority Kent County Council
Department for Education URN 130727 Tables
Principal Jim Mawby
Age16to 99
Number of students2,600
Website westkent.ac.uk
The Tonbridge campus was redeveloped in the 2000s. Rebuilding West Kent College, Brook St - geograph.org.uk - 1211698.jpg
The Tonbridge campus was redeveloped in the 2000s.
West Kent College, front entrance, spring 2016 West Kent - Front entrance spring 2016 CROPPED.jpg
West Kent College, front entrance, spring 2016
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West Kent College, outdoor area

West Kent College is a further education and higher education college in Kent, England founded in 2014. Its campus in Tonbridge offers numerous courses and qualifications at many levels, from GCSEs and A-levels to vocational routes such as BTEC or NVQ/VRQ Diplomas to work-based Apprenticeships and Degree programmes, validated by the University of Kent, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.


The College's facilities include a 300-seat theatre, fine art, fashion, graphic design and photography studios and darkrooms, television and radio studios, music recording studios, professional training and demo kitchens and purpose-built motor vehicle engineering and construction workshops.


The original West Kent College institution operated in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and Sevenoaks. [1] The Tonbridge campus was redeveloped in the 2000s. Crowborough and Sevenoaks closed in 2006.

It merged into K College in 2010. K College operated across 6 campuses, at Jemmett Road and Henwood in Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells. [2]

It was subsequently split in 2014, after sustaining a large amount of debt. It was split into two units from 1 August that year:

On 17 May 2019, Hadlow College become the first in the country to go into educational administration. [5] That same year, following a review by the Further Education Commissioner, it was recommended that the Hadlow College Group be split up and taken on by three colleges: North Kent College, East Kent College Group and Capel Manor College.

On the 15th August 2020, the education-related facilities of West Kent College and Hadlow College, including Princess Christian’s Farm and Hadlow College's equestrian centre in Greenwich, transferred to North Kent College.


The college offers a range of Foundation, Extended and BTEC Diplomas, A Levels, Higher Education programmes and NVQs, in subjects such as:

Also offered are Apprenticeships, A-Levels and Access to Higher Education courses.

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